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Monday, November 23, 2009

Thankful

I am so thankful that NaNo is almost over, I do not know what to do with myself. One second--I just did my count and I have to say I am exhausted. I am tired of writing for a quota. I like the lazy way I write, which is not really that much; it's every day but it is not with this type of frantic drive. I lose a few hundred words in the count on my MacBook which I do not understand, but okay. On the train home, I was typing on my iPod touch, which is a little peaceful because I cannot do a word count there, but I can type and save the draft in my e-mail which I am using almost like Word. I have not written, I think, except the first few words of this story at home. Almost all of it was written on the road. But this week, I am going to have to change that. I have to write right after I finish this post. This week I am not allowed to read a novel, I cannot play BookWorm on my Touch, I cannot even use the Zen Meditation app on my Touch---everything has to be related to this story which I am not even sure what I am going to do with it because I do not believe in outlines, but the story keeps going in ways it writes itself and I am just going along for the ride and thankful, yes thankful...thankful for the craft that I knew I wanted to do since I was 7 years old, thankful for the craft that soothes me when I am sad, just by having a pen in my hand or keys under my fingers. The craft that reveals things to me, things about myself that I did not know were inside me. The craft that is my vision more than my eyes are. The craft that makes me do NaNoWriMo and know I am going to get to the finish line and I am going to push myself as much as I can. the craft that makes me have to finish this post because I got to a point where I really feel like writing the story now. No, the MacBook depicted is not mine, I have not even the newest one, but sometimes it feels like gold when I create on it..

3 comments:

  1. An inspiring post, Fidencia. I can sympathize with sacrificing the pleasure of reading a novel while in the midst of a writing or editing marathon. Just this weekend I "allowed" myself the treat of reading an entire novel while taking a break from editing. (I'm not doing NaNo; I'm too busy with editing and the rest of my life.)
    I commend you for your persistence and hope you polish that NaNo novel so it's ready for submission to the publisher of your dreams. Keep us posted!
    Lis

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  2. Fidencia, thank you for the camaraderie and the support during Nano. It was my first try, and while we all were writing independently, the team spirit was a great help. Elizabeth Palladino

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  3. Fidencia, you are a great cheerleader and you made the 50,000 words. I struggled most of the month. Life just really got thick for me in November. Now I can breathe. But your cheers is what kept me going.

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